BECOME AN ELITE BABYSITTER: Kids ages 11 to 15 can earn their Babysitter's Training Certificate from the American Red Cross through a one-day workshop offered through the Wrightsville Beach Parks and Rec. The course is from 9am to 4pm on May 17. Call (910) 256-7925 for more information or to pre-register.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT PROGRAM: Take part in a great way to learn about another country and culture. Applications are now being accepted for host families for 2014-15. The length of the Exchange Program is from four weeks up to 10 months. Call (910) 392-8180, or use email for more information.
WHEN DO THE FARMERS' MARKETS BEGIN? The Riverfront Farmers' Market in downtown Wilmington begins April 5; the Poplar Grove Farmers' Market starts April 9; the Farmers' Market in Wrightsville Beach on May 5; and the Carolina Beach Farmers' Market begins May 17.
FUN AND GAMES: The World Adult Kickball Association's NC Wave League offers free pick-up games on March 11 and 18 at Optimist Park (Burnett Blvd and South Front Street, Wilmington) at 6:45pm. Those interested in joining the league can do so online. Contact Kaye Ward via email with any questions.
CALM DOWN: Meditation specialist Anaswara-Erica offers guided meditation every other Tuesday evening at Mystic Elements (4403 Park Avenue, Wilmington). The cost is $12. Call (910) 799-1001 for more information or to sign up.
ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS: Cape Fear Volunteer Center needs at least 150 people for the Easter Seals UCP Great Glow Run at Battleship Park on April 26 from 4-11:30pm. Call (910) 392-8180 for details.
TOUR GUIDES WANTED: Historic Wilmington Foundation is looking for guides for its upcoming walking tour season. The training program takes about 10 hours with evening sessions beginning in March. For more information, please call (910) 762-2511 or use email.
FREE TAX PREP: A local volunteer group, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), has begun preparing and electronically filing Federal and NC state income taxes for 2013. Trained and IRS certified volunteers will answer your questions and prepare your personal tax returns, then electronically file them. Locations include the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center (2222 South College Road, Wilmington) and the Town of Carolina Beach Rec Center (1121B North Lake Park Blvd). Call (910) 798-6406 for more information.